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Upside Down Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 19, 2014
An otherworldly framework in which the rules exist to separate the classes until Romeo & Juliet come along to break them with the gravity of romance. If only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
May 26, 2014
The problem is that the physics here are patently ridiculous, and there is likewise no viable chemistry between stars Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
June 25, 2013
Upside Down is an interesting mess - coming across mostly as a visual disaster with big dreams and aspirations that never quite pan out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
A movie that will surely wow audiences with its awesome visuals but floor them with its terrible storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
April 26, 2013
Dunst, a veteran of the famous upside-down Spider-Man kiss, may be used to this, but viewers of the fantasy romance Upside Down may have the dizzy feeling of blood rushing to their heads. What is going on here and, furthermore, why?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
April 26, 2013
Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 25, 2013
There is little consistency. As a creator, you cannot tell us one thing and have characters do another without consequence. Upside Down is plagued with those problems, at least in small ways. It is frustrating for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 25, 2013
A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 18, 2013
What begins as a grand concept full of unusual possibilities quickly succumbs to a frustrating mixture of pretentiousness and torpor in this threadbare narrative that unfolds in perpetual pursuit of memorable images over narrative sense.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
The eye-rolling script is heavy-handed and emotionally distant, sort of like its intergalactic setting.
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
March 26, 2013
Riddled with cliches and eye-rollers, Upside Down is more down than upside.
Dave White
Movies.com
March 25, 2013
What if I told you that the film also includes scenes of upward urination and consumption of flying pink pancakes? Now will you help it break the $30,000 [box office] mark?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 15, 2013
A stunning visual experience spoiled by a trainwreck of a screenplay...certainly something to see, but difficult to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
March 15, 2013
Upside Down falls into that old trap of overwhelming us with spectacle before we spot the emptiness beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 15, 2013
Worth a look if only for the Caspar David Friedrich-inspired imagery and shots of Timothy Spall's teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 15, 2013
Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 15, 2013
Writer-director Juan Solanas is a better photographer than writer or director.
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
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Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2013
Simply put, this is one of the craziest films to come along in a while and I can confidently say that anyone who sees it will either hail it is some kind of crackpot masterpiece or dismiss it as one of the silliest damn things they've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 15, 2013
It doesn't really develop its story, or its themes. It doesn't truly draw out its characters. It evokes no serious emotions. It has - in the end - no gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 15, 2013
"Upside Down" is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, "Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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